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18
Jun
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Boricua Poets Respond to Orlando Tragedy

Andres Chulisi Rodriguez

Here at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies we are deeply saddened by the Orlando massacre that occurred this past Sunday. It’s no secret by now that 23 of the 49 victims of the shooting at club Pulse were Puerto...

Fri
06
May
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Mujeres at the Mic: The Nuyorican Experience

By Néstor David Pastor

William Carlos Williams referenced his medical background to describe the poet’s task of working “in the particular to discover the universal.” There’s a similar quote by James Joyce, though Nancy Mercado, famed Nuyorican poet...

Fri
22
Apr
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Poet LiYun Alvarado’s Contemporary Puerto Rican Reading List

By Centro Staff

Good writers are more often than not, good readers as well, which is why this week we’re sharing poet LiYun Alvarado’s reading list, featuring contemporary and classic writers of the Nuyorican School and beyond. See below for the full text:...

Fri
15
Apr
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One Year Later: The Diaspora Poem That Went Viral

In March of 2015, Roberto Rosa shared a poem on Facebook called “ Y nos llaman cobardes ,”...

Fri
23
Oct
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Touching Up My Roots

It was the day before the Puerto Rican day parade and I needed a new pair of clave sticks. My old ones had seen better days when splinters hadn’t yet struck up from the middle where one wooden stick struck the other in a two...

Wed
12
Aug
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Bienvenidos a Puerto Rico…

Everyone clapped as the stewardess announced that we had arrived. It seemed like everyone was happy to be back home. It was such a celebration that I was surprised not to see confetti thrown in the air. I, on the other hand,...

Fri
08
May
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Five Poets Remember Tato Laviera

By Centro Staff

On May 9th, Tato Laviera would have turned 65. We celebrate his life and his legacy through the voices of Maria T. Fernandez "Mariposa," Myrna Nieves, Chris "Chilo" Cajigas, José Angel Figueroa, Caridad De La Luz "La Bruja," as...

Fri
24
Apr
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Neither from Here nor There: A Transfiguring American Genre

"I am the link between the shores, […] I am what joins your left hand to your right. I join the world of the living and the world of the spirits. I join the past with the present." —Ella from Free Enterprise by Michelle Cliff...

Fri
24
Apr
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On Belonging to the Nuyorican Literary Movement

If I was asked whether as a poet I belong to the Nuyorican literary movement or not, my answer to that question is: yes and no. Most of the persons that make up that movement were born and/or raised in New York City. I was born...

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